William Blake has been held in solitary confinement at Elmira Correctional Facility in New York State for nearly 26 years, after he murdered a Sheriff's Deputy and wounded another in a failed escape attempt back in 1987. Sentenced to 77 years to life, he will be eligible for parole in 2064. But Blake has no chance of ever leaving prison alive, and almost no chance of ever leaving solitary — a fate he considers "a sentence worse than death.
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posted by zarq
on Mar 16, 2013 -
Fuck You: A Magazine of the Arts
was a literary magazine founded in 1962 by Ed Sanders, a poet later co-founded The Fugs
. Its credo was "I'll print anything", and Sanders produced thirteen issues on a mimeograph machine from 1962 to 1965. Issues included works by Tuli Kupferberg, Charles Olson, Peter Orlovsky, Philip Whalen, Allen Ginsberg, Frank O'Hara, Julian Beck, Herbert Huncke, Norman Mailer, Gary Snyder, Diane DiPrima, William S. Burroughs, Leroi Jones, Gregory Corso, Robert Creeley, Michael McClure, Ted Berrigan, Joe Brainard, and Andy Warhol. - wikipedia.
With a helpful index
. [more inside]
posted by latkes
on Apr 12, 2012 -
In January, 16 scientists and/or engineers wrote an opinion piece in the WSJ. This is the response
of one of the academics cited in their piece: William Nordhaus. According to the 16 scientists/engineers, Nordhaus recommended no action on climate change for 50 years. But he didn't. The opinion piece
has generated controversy
among climate scientists as well.
posted by blueberry sushi
on Feb 29, 2012 -
William Brown was a man who recorded a handful of blues on Sadie Beck's Plantation on July 16, 1942 for Alan Lomax
. Once thought to be the same man as the Willie Brown who played with Son House and Charley Patton--and was immortalized in Robert Johnson's Crossroad Blues
--the consensus now is that William Brown was a different man, about whom
we know next to nothing. Certainly, the handful of recordings we have that feature him supports this. The Willie Brown who recorded Future Blues
and M & O Blues
was an archetypal Delta bluesman, with both songs being stripped down versions of Charley Patton's Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues
, among others, and Pony Blues
, respectively. The William Brown
who recorded Mississippi Blues
, Ragged and Dirty
and Make Me a Pallet on the Floor
plays and sings nothing like that Willie Brown. That we know nothing about him and never heard any more of his music is one of the many tragedies of recorded blues. [more inside]
posted by y2karl
on Aug 30, 2011 -
...an American(a) photographer takes intensly colorful photographs of junk, hotel rooms, road sides. Its been done by lots of photographers, and unintentional imitators, but he's made a real name for himself. So much depends upon a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens.
posted by celerystick
on May 1, 2009 -
The fierce urgency of now and then.
On May 24, 1963, concerned about the potential for race-related riots
nationwide after Birmingham, Attorney General Robert Kennedy
met with group of prominent black intellectuals and artists, such as Kenneth Clark
, Clarence B. Jones
, and Harry Belafonte
, in a meeting organized by James Baldwin
(YouTube 7:07... and also 6:27
, if you're interested.) The tone of this emotionally wrenching meeting, however, would be greatly influenced by the presence of fifteen-year-old Jerome Smith
, a nonviolent CORE
volunteer who was being treated in New York for jaw and head injuries sustained after a brutal beating by segregationists in Mississippi. [more inside]
posted by markkraft
on Nov 3, 2008 -
In 1930, William Faulkner purchased what was then known as "The Bailey Place," a large primitive Greek Revival house that pre-dated the Civil War standing on four acres of cedars and hardwoods. Take a virtual tour of the home that housed this great American writer.
posted by Fizz
on Aug 11, 2008 -
The Da Vinci Cup
Think of it as a gathering of tribes... There's a lot of ritual involved. It's probably the biggest single unifying event that our species can muster. Forget the Olympics. Not even close.
Poor poor China.
Keeping the romans entertained since BC.
posted by Unregistered User
on Jun 25, 2006 -
Diaries of the Lewis and Clark Journey. American Journeys
has a collection or primary source documents about the Lewis and Clark Journey across America, including the diary of Sergeant Charles Floyd (the only member of the expedition to die en route), Jefferson's letter to Clark where he suggests the expedition, and 63 engravings of Places and People. If you're into history, you might also want to vote on Wisconsin Turning Points
, a ballot to determine the most interesting topics in Wisconsin History.
posted by rev-
on May 21, 2004 -
William Gibson now on William Gibson then. Yep, that is indeed me, though nothing I'm saying there, at such painful length, is even remotely genuine. They were offering $500 for someone to monologue about the summer of lurve, etc., and I was (1) somewhat articulate, and (2) wanted desperately to get my ass out of Yorkville ... $500 was serious money
posted by delmoi
on May 1, 2003 -